For over 75 years, Chapman / Leonard has been the leading custom camera support equipment manufacturer and supplier to some of the most recognizable television and motion picture productions. Chapman / Leonard has evolved into a powerhouse in the industry, becoming a key distributor and merchant of cranes, dollies, and essential camera support accessories. Throughout the years, this legacy has only been possible with the close relationships that we have built with our users and community.
The Chapman / Leonard story begins in Southern California in 1945, when Ralph T. Chapman created Chapman Studio Equipment, in order to design and manufacture a more versatile camera crane. Over the years, Ralph’s experience in the film industry is what piqued his son Leonard’s interest in the same field. Eventually leading Leonard to create Leonard’s Studio Equipment. In 1965 the father and son merged their companies resulting in the Chapman / Leonard Studio Equipment that we know today.
As of 2020, Charles Leonard, the grandson of Leonard T. Chapman, has proudly stepped in as president and CEO of Chapman / Leonard. Charles has continued to build upon the ground breaking work of his predecessors, advancing the line up of our award winning products and services.
We have continued to evolve our equipment to accommodate for the industry's new technologies and demands. These advancements have been made possible through the research by our in-house team of engineers and technicians, coupled with the direct feedback from some of the greatest personnel in the film industry, such as Clint Eastwood, Steven Spielberg, and all the dedicated film crews who have used our equipment over the decades. We are incredibly honored and grateful to be a part of this great industry and have our equipment on the set of many prestigious films and TV shows.